The Web Standards Project » Adobe TF Working together for standards Fri, 01 Mar 2013 18:30:30 +0000 en hourly 1 Announcing the Adobe Task Force Mon, 10 Mar 2008 17:27:58 +0000 Stephanie (Sullivan) Rewis The Web Standards Project Dreamweaver Task Force was created in 2001 to accomplish two tasks: to work with Macromedia (later Adobe) to improve the standards compliance and accessibility of Web pages produced with Dreamweaver and to communicate effectively within the online Dreamweaver community. Having successfully completed its initial goals, WaSP announces that the Dreamweaver Task Force will be renamed the Adobe Task Force to reflect a widened scope. The Adobe Task Force will collaborate with Adobe on all of the company’s products that output code or content to the Web, and will continue to advocate compliance with Web Standards and accessibility guidelines by those who use Adobe’s products to design and build Web sites and applications. Read the press release to learn more.

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Adobe’s Spry Framework for AJAX Fri, 12 May 2006 20:29:20 +0000 drewm Spry Framework for AJAX - friendly to use, but poor support for standards.]]> Adobe Labs have introduced a preview of their new Spry Framework for AJAX, which aims to demystify AJAX for a non-technical audience. Adobe are attempting to enable anyone with basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript skills to be able to harness the power of AJAX within their pages.

(October 2007: It should be noted that since this assessment, the Spry Framework has undergone revision. We are currently assessing the newest version and will report our findings.)

Sadly, at this initial stage it seems that the goal of easy-of-use has been held higher than even the most basic principals of valid markup and accessibility best practise. Opting to make implementation as simple as possible, Spry uses custom attributes and old-school obtrusive JavaScript techniques, welding the behaviour layer firmly to the content.

On the subject of custom attributes, Adobe’s Donald Booth responds:

We were trying to stay away from custom attributes for validation reasons. But, there was no way to implement if...then statements with out one. And we were defining the datasets within the class attribute. This was troublesome, and since we were already breaking validation with the if...then, we decided to go to all custom attributes.

Replace “breaking validation” with “breaking our customers’ pages” at your own discretion.

Of course, Spry is just a preview and Adobe are actively soliciting feedback. As it currently stands, the framework is certainly not ready for prime-time, and if it’s the sort of framework you’d otherwise find useful, we’d encourage you to investigate it and offer constructive feedback.

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Microformat Extensions for Dreamweaver Thu, 30 Mar 2006 21:28:09 +0000 drewm Part of the remit of the Dreamweaver Task Force is to work with the online user community to encourage and assist in the adoption of web standards. Whilst a lot of our effort to date has been to work alongside Macromedia (after all, there is little point us tell you to use standards if the tool makes it hard to do so), there are some things not reasonable to expect the Dreamweaver engineers to tackle right away.

One such example is Microformats. As a rapidly evolving area of development, it makes sense to implement support as an extension rather than wait for another product cycle to come around only to find the state of the art has changed. Extensions are fairly quick to implement and can be easily updated with time.

The DWTF thought it would be good if we produced some basic extensions to help provide support for Microformats in Dreamweaver. A public beta is available today.

In this release we have support for hCalendar, hCard, rel-license, rel-tag and XFN, which is a strong start. Hopefully we can improve these based on feedback, as well as adding some more in the future.

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Build Your Own Standards Compliant Website Using Dreamweaver 8 Wed, 28 Sep 2005 22:52:25 +0000 drewm If you’re working with the new version of Dreamweaver, you may be interested in a new book from SitePoint aimed at those who wish to build standards compliant sites.

Written by WaSP member Rachel Andrew of the Dreamweaver Task Force, and tech edited by Group Leader Molly E. Holzschlag, Build Your Own Standards Compliant Website Using Dreamweaver 8 is apparently everything you need to create standards compliant, accessible, cross-browser compatible websites with – you guessed it – Macromedia Dreamweaver 8.

Sample chapters are available, and the book is shipping right away. When asked to say something witty for the folks at home, Rachel uttered:

My aim was not only to show existing Dreamweaver users how to work with web standards, but to also help out those who are already up to speed with standards but need to know how to apply that within Dreamweaver.

Of course, Rachel isn’t the only DWTF member to be working on book projects, and we hope to have more exciting announcements for Dreamweaver users later in the year.

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DWTF Announces New Members Thu, 25 Aug 2005 00:54:55 +0000 drewm The WaSP Dreamweaver Task Force is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its ranks. Stephanie Sullivan and Jesse Rogers are both very active and knowledgable Dreamweaver users, who believe in the promotion of web standards. They share the Task Force’s common goal of striving to see Macromedia Dreamweaver grow as and increasing capable tool for standards-based development. They told me that themselves, in a special ceremony involving tutus and soup.

The Project is very pleased to welcome both Jesse and Stephanie as Task Force Members.

The WaSP Dreamweaver Task Force was created in 2001 to work alongside Macromedia in increasing support for web standards in their flagship visual web editor, and also to communicate to the user community how best Dreamweaver can be utilised for standards-based design. They also like eating cookies, making paper planes, and carving miniature paddle-steamers from disused car tyres.

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Dreamweaver Task Force Wed, 10 Jul 2002 02:50:46 +0000 zeldman The WaSP’s Dreamweaver Task Force has posted an assessment of Dreamweaver MX. The Task Force worked with Macromedia through various stages of product development to help improve Dreamweaver’s support for web standards and accessibility.

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